Updated January 1st, 2024 at 10:10 IST

IDF releases 5 brigades from Gaza, fighting likely to continue all year

IDF brigades will return from the Gaza city “to carry out their usual activity,” the Israeli military announced.

Reported by: Digital Desk
IDF troops leave Kfar Darom in Gaza Strip. | Image:AP
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The Israeli Defense Fores withdrew five brigades from the besieged Gaza enclave on Sunday but iterated that the fighting will continue throughout 2024. Israeli military released 460th Armored Brigade, the 261st Brigade, the 828th Brigade, the 14th Reserve Armored Brigade; and 551st Reserve Paratroopers Brigade, according to the Times of Israel newspaper.

The soldiers from these brigades will return from the Gaza city “to carry out their usual activity,” the Israeli military announced. This comes shortly after the IDF withdrew the Golani Brigades from the Gaza Strip over heavy losses in Gaza as the Israeli forces fight against the Palestinian terror group Hamas in response to the Oct.7 attacks.

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As many as 21,822 Palestinians have lost lives in the heavy fighting ensuing on ground as IDF roots out the Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza enclave. At least 56,451 civilians, mostly women and children, have been wounded since the onslaught began. ,200 Israelis were killed by the Palestinian terror faction Hamas during the raid on the bordering southern towns, including 506 IDF soldiers. Nearly 60% of the enclave's infrastructure has been heavily destroyed in the fighting amid critical shortage of food, medicines and water.

Israeli armored personal carriers inside the Gaza Strip. Credit: AP

Hamas launched 75 rockets towards Tel Aviv

Since the first week of December 2023, Hamas launched 75 rockets, excluding the mortars, towards Tel Aviv on an average, the Israeli military said, according to the paper. Between December 15 and 21, this figure slumped to 16 rockets per day; further dropping to 14 by December 27. DF Spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari during a presser said that the IDF is making the deployment adjustments in the Gaza Strip and conducting “smart management” of the troops.

“We are adjusting the fighting methods to each area in Gaza, and the necessary forces to carry out the mission in the best way possible. Each area has different characteristics and different operational needs,” he was quoted as saying. “Tonight, 2024 will begin. The goals of the war require lengthy fighting, and we are prepared accordingly.” The return of the reservists home will help bounce back the economy, and the standing army troops will train to be promoted to the commanders positions, he added.

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 10:10 IST